Tuesday, USA Today came out with its Top NFL Receiving Corps and the New York Giants came in at No. 1. Today, Pro Football Focus released its rankings of the best Secondaries in the NFL and once again Big Blue came in at No. 1.
These rankings, churned out by our PFF grading system and compiled with our exclusive PFF statistics including signature stats and player participation.
The Giants combination of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins and Andrew Adams averaged the best cover grade, according to Pro Football Focus. The explanation of the ranking is below.
Landon Collins was PFF’s number one breakout player of 2016, as well as making the PFF All-Pro first team and contending for Defensive Player of the Year. Both Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Janoris Jenkins finished in the top 10 among cornerbacks in passer rating against in 2016 as DRC saw just a 56.0 passer rating when targeted, fourth best and Jenkins saw a 64.8, T-10th best. They combine to make up one of the best cornerback tandems in the league, while last year’s No. 10 overall draft pick Eli Apple has his best football ahead of him. In his debut season, Apple averaged 11.4 snaps in coverage per reception allowed, which was fifth best among all rookie cornerbacks last season.
The Giants defense ranked second in the NFL last season in points allowed per game. If the Giants defense is going be just as successful this season, the secondary will be a huge reason why.